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thing? >> go home and see my wife. >> korean war veteran merrill newman is finally a free man once again. there you saw him in china. he's looking forward to a long awaited reunion after more than a month in captive. they finally released the 85-year-old. his plane just landed. north korea held him for alleged hostile acts during the korean war. north korea released a video of him confessing to war crimes. hello, everybody. i'm in washington with a breaking news this hour. live at los angeles with the very latest upon his return and where we hope he will be speaking to reporters about his experience. dominick. >> yeah, absolutely. 42-day deal finally all over. let's show you the scene at san francisco airport at the international terminal there. the plane has literally just landed. apparently taxiing to the gate. eight minutes sooner than planned. he will come out of arrival toll at some point. he's got to go through immigration and get his bags. it could be a few minutes before we see him. just before he took off from beijing, we saw him in good condition. he was smiling. and he looked
. >> that is u.s. war veteran merrill newman, happily back on american soil after being released finally by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist was detained by the communist country for more than six grueling weeks for his alleged crimes during the korean war 60 years ago. now merrill newman is home for the holidays. we're live in los angeles with more. >> reporter: home in time for the holidays, greg. his family had hoped to be in time for thanksgiving but after we saw that video of him confessing to these crimes the koreans accused him after a week ago there was an indication that perhaps they would see him before christmas. that's certainly the result we saw today. scenes of joy in san francisco airport where he landed. he didn't give too much detail of how the koreans treated him. he justt the food had been healthy, no other details forthcoming. perhaps we'll get them later. this is how he described the diplomatic effort that was undertaken to get him released. take a listen, greg. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy and the american embassy in beijing for
. this is video of 85-year-old merrill newman arriving back home in san francisco just a short time ago. he was released yesterday after being detained in north korea for more than a month. shortly before boarding a flight to the u.s., newman spoke with reporters about what he was most looking forward to upon returning home that he wanted to see his wife. now, live with more details. >> his wife, lee, was there, together with his son jeff, they were there to greet him at san francisco airport. he made a brief statement to the press, did merrill newman. he described it as a great homecoming. he thanked the u.s. embassy in beijing and the swedes in pyongyang, who acted on behalf of the americans in dealing for the release of him with the north koreans. he looked strained and he said he was very tired but he appeared to be in good health. he was very quickly swept away by his family, probably returning to their palo alto home here in california. it's a 46-day ordeal for him. and it obviously -- a great relief that it's come to an end. just one week ago, we saw him appear on video apologizing t
, this top story. after more than six grueling weeks, u.s. war veteran merrill newman is back on american soil after being released by north korea. the brave 85-year-old tourist detained by the communist country for his alleged crimes during the cokorean war 60 year ago. >> glad you're with us. welcome to america's news headquarters. merrill newman's flight touching down a short time ago. you can listen to the release in his voice. >> it's been a great homecoming and i'm tired but it was my family now -- and thank you all for the support we got. very much appreciate it. >> we have been covering this story. >> behind merrill newman there, you could see his wife lee and also his son jeff who had been appealing for his release. merrill himself looked in pretty good shape. he said he was tired but considering he's 85 years old and the ordeal he's been now, he looked like he's doing pretty well. one of the first things he wanted to say was really to thank the diplomatic effort that got him released. take a listen. >> i'm delighted to be home. i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang an
.s. military veteran held captive in north koresince late october. 85-year-old merrill newman arriving at san francisco airport earlier today. by the way, that was after turning down a ride on air force 2 with vice president biden. speaking to reporters about being back on american soil. >> it's been a great, great homecoming. tired but ready to stay with my family now and thank you all for the support we got and very much appreciate it. >> we are following the story in los angeles. i have to say, he looks pretty good considering what he's gone through. >> absolutely. this is a 32-day ordeal. that's quite a lot for an 85-year-old guy to go through. he wouldn't say exactly how the north koreans had treated him. the only comment he gave us was the food was healthy. no other details. he was very much aware there had been heavy diplomatic efforts to get him released. something he acknowledged when he spoke to the press earlier. listen to this. >> i want to thank the swedish embassy in pyongyang and the american embassy in beijing for all their help. >> he'd been accused by the north koreans of cr
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